Pro-Tip: Duolingo’s “Double Or Nothing”

Cropped screen shot of Duolingo's Double Or Nothing Store Item

Some folks spend 20 lingots every week on Duolingo’s “Weekend Amulet” feature, to protect their streak if they forget to do a lesson or story on a Saturday or Sunday. That’s cool– I used to do the same, until I became low-key obsessed with “Legendary Levels.”

The thing about “Legendary Levels” is they cost 10 lingots per attempt, unless you are a member of Duolingo Plus. This makes the “Weekend Amulet” equivalent to two “Legendary Level” attempts, and suddenly I decided I needed to stop “wasting” lingots and make more of them.

This is where the “Double Or Nothing” feature comes in. Basically, at the start of the feature’s purchase, you’re obliged to participate for a seven-day streak. If you miss a day, you lose the 5 lingots purchase price. But if you nail all seven day’s participation, you get 10 lingots back as a reward. For me, it’s a no-brainer because I know I’m doing Duolingo every day, and why would I pass up the opportunity to get 5 “extra” lingots back in my pocket every week?

But here’s the catch– unless you buy “Double or Nothing” as the first activity of Duolingo in your day, the 7-day count starts on the following day.

In other words, if you:

  1. Do a lesson and/or story to maintain your current streak
  2. Buy “Double or Nothing”

You’ll be on “Day 0 of 7” until you do a story and/or lesson the following day.

But if you do this instead:

  1. Buy “Double or Nothing” first thing
  2. Then do a lesson or story

then Congratulations! Because you’ve just completed the first day of your seven day wager.

I know. Earning 5 lingots in 7 days instead of 8 isn’t the life changer you were likely hoping for when you started reading. However, if you internalize this habit and perform it consistently every week, in two months you’ll be 8 days/5 lingots “ahead” of anyone else who is doing the “Double Or Nothing” as the second thing in their Duolingo activities.

And when you’re aiming to take the #1 Spot in the Diamond League, sometimes being able to unlock one or two more legendary levels more than your competition in the final moments for the League cutoff can be what puts you over the top.


Google Fit Screenshot of 34 Heart Points and 5010 Steps

My car’s in the shop, so I had to take a Lyft to my dentist appointment.

Afterwards, I had a choice:

  • Hail another Lyft ride to get home (~$9 USD), or
  • Walk ~2 miles in 30-something °F to get my Heart Points/Steps for today

Sometimes the benefits of doing things the hard way outweighs the convenience of doing them the easy way. But you’ve got to pick and choose those opportunities wisely.

Alexa and Echo Device Generations

Quick tidbit I discovered while troubleshooting my Echo Dot recently– hope someone else might find it useful.

Have you ever lost track of which generation of Echo Dot you’re working with? 2nd gen, 3rd gen, etc.? The good news is Alexa is savvy enough to tell you which hardware generation you’re talking to, with the simple request of: “Alexa, tell me about this device.”

You’ll wind up with a response along these lines: